When My Oldest Daughter Told Me That 'Everyone' in the Sixth Grade was Talking About the Netflix’s Series, I Gave Her the Green Light to Start Watching Season 1
One of the challenges with the home technology integration industry is finding a consistent business model for success. The trouble is that each market is a little different, with different demographics and competition, so no single strategy works for every company.
CEDIA certainly was all about adding Alexa voice control to custom-centric control systems and once-combative brands playing nice with the now more inclusive Sonos wireless audio system, but there were other collaborative arrangements that caught my eye at the energy-filled Dallas convention last month.
CEDIA’s CEO has attempted to turn the conversation away from controversy, emphasizing the association’s solid renewal numbers for exhibitors and refuting Klein’s claims of CEDIA’s exclusionary policy.
I’ve known a few frustrated inventors over the years—the types of people that always seem to have the next big idea in mind but just don’t know how to bring it to market.
An effective web presence has evolved to become the central crucial element in the process of marketing your tech business. But the truth is, many companies fail to recognize the critical importance of a website and the amazing influence it can have on your business.
The release of the Brad Bird-directed movie Tomorrowland got me to thinking about the amazing power of Disney, and how my family and I like to share our favorite aspects of Disney parks and ideas for future attractions.
During last month’s Azione Unlimited buying group Spring Soiree in Nashville, TN, Peter Sieffert, from Swiss Avenue Partners in San Diego discussed how he coaches clients to move away from being reactive in their business ownership and management roles, and more proactive and “hands off.”
There’s nothing better than learning about a creative new business solution or anecdote while chatting with integrators at an industry event.
CEDIA celebrated its 25th anniversary this year, not by dwelling on the good-ol’ days with a lot of weepy sentimentality or overly rhapsodized reminiscing of what once was, but by hosting a convention where actual product innovation was on display from manufacturers new and old that were clearly re-invigorated and re-energized by their once-again busy dealer partners.
Call me crazy, but I honestly thought the days of writing columns about Jeremy Burkhardt were over.
It’s all too easy to get set in your ways. I do it all the time.
I suppose it’s because I’m a sucker for nostalgia, but in these days of networking protocols, cloud-based media storage, and iOS- and Android-based control interfaces, it was nice to step back and pay homage to the founders of CEDIA– those who created an industry that has given so many of us careers in what is literally an entertaining business.
There are times when I imagine the CEDIA EXPO of the future as a trade show exhibit floor dominated by five or six mega-manufacturers, each with multiple brands under a single umbrella, alongside a handful of city-block-sized control companies serving the remaining 50 or so regional integration company CEOs and their purchasing managers.